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Fix Your Toyota Prius MFD For Less Than $60

If your Toyota Prius MFD is struggling to work right you may need this cheap and easy repair.

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If you have not yet subscribed to The Hybrid Guy YouTube Channel, it will undoubtedly benefit you. In this article, we will look at a failed MFD (Multi-function Display) and how to repair it for less than $60.

What Does A Failed MFD Do?
A failed multi-function display can fail in many ways. The most common failure is the capacitive, resistive touch part of the screen.

New and Old Digitizer Screen

The screen utilizes your finger to make a conductive touch relaying the signal over to the computer. This signal then does what was shown on the screen. You need a working MFD to ensure your fan speed is where you want it and to do a plethora of other things.

A failed MFD will not respond to touch or respond very little. If that is the case, you should replace it to get it functioning correctly again.

How Do You Repair an MFD Touch Screen?
The repair is relatively straightforward. I repaired mine in less than an hour, even shooting the video content (release of the video to come soon).

The hardest part is taking out the darn air vents, honestly, but if you can get them out with no breakage, you can do this repair. There are a series of screws and cables you will need to remove to get to the base of the screen.

Once you take all of the stuff off, use a razor knife and gently remove the old touch screen. Clean the mounting surface and prepare it for the new screen.

After you have it laid down, put the assembly back together and put it in your car. If all went right, you now have a working touch screen.

Conclusion
This is a straightforward repair for those who want to avoid having the dealer repair the unit. $60 and some of your time will land you with a fully functioning MFD.

Be sure to be on the lookout for the video coming soon on The Hybrid Guy YouTube channel. I take it all apart and explain everything as I go along.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.

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Comments

Devlin (not verified)    November 26, 2021 - 12:06PM

Hello I have a 2006 toyota Prius and my middle display turned black. No response from the buttons nor the screen. Not sure if its a fuse broken or fried, or if the middle display just died? If anyone can help, much will be appreciated.

Rob (not verified)    July 30, 2023 - 10:44AM

In reply to by Devlin (not verified)

Try cleaning the screen edges with a credit card and press down around the screen to remove dust and grime between the display and crevice edge. There could be a tiny piece of dirt pressing the edge of screen that keeps it from responding. I read this from a YouTube person and worked for me. Hope that helps you. 2005 Prius

Michael (not verified)    April 4, 2023 - 8:25AM

It would have been really helpful if you talked about where to get the part or even what it's called!

Rob (not verified)    July 30, 2023 - 10:52AM

In reply to by Michael (not verified)

It is called a MFD (multi-function display). Toyota Prius Hybrid 2006-2009 Radio Dash Info Display part number 86110-47081, this is without navigation. Just make sure to press around the edges of the screen and remove the dirt with a credit card, it may work. Worked for me. Otherwise a used unit could run from $200-$300, but easy fix, with a Phillips screw driver and 10mm socket wrench. YouTube it. GL